Advance your career with flexible study

The Bachelor of Interior Design online degree at Yorkville University provides industry-accredited training and hands-on professional experience to advance your career while you study at home or at work.

The popular program is recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), and is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Graduates also fulfill the educational requirements to be eligible to take the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, which is necessary to professionally register in some jurisdictions.

Delivery

100 percent online

Start Dates

January, April, July, October

Duration

3 years or less*

*With full course load, year-round study and/or approved transfer credits. Each applicant is encouraged to contact an Admissions Advisor to determine the potential duration of their degree program according to their unique circumstances. For comprehensive, up-to-date information, please view the Academic Calendar.

Yorkville University offers a Bachelor of Interior Design that has received consent in Ontario and is delivered online and on-campus.

I chose Yorkville University to realize my ambition of being a globally accepted designer. Winning the IDEC Student Award confirmed I made the right choice.

Yasaman Saeidi
Bachelor of Interior Design ‘18, Yorkville University

Program Features

Industry respected

Launch your career with one of the most respected, industry-driven interior design programs in Canada.

Recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), and accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Flexible learning

Balance work, home and study demands with online courses and study at your own pace.

Choose your course load and study at your own pace during the day, in the evenings or on the weekends.

Accelerated program

Graduate faster and make your education more affordable by earning employment income sooner.

Earn your degree in three years or less with a full course load and continuous enrollment or with approved transfer credits.

 

Experienced faculty

Professional, industry-connected faculty who know the design industry and are dedicated to helping students achieve their career goals.

Many of our award-winning faculty are professionally certified in Canada and the U.S.

Practical focus

Learn up-to-date industry design skills and understand the business side of interior design.

The rigorous, industry-based curriculum develops professional skills and experience with internship work, volunteering and a portfolio.

YORKVILLE UNIVERSITY ADVANTAGE

Yorkville University programs are aimed at helping you achieve your personal and professional goals. Online or in class, across Canada, Yorkville University’s degrees are flexible, fast paced and above all, lead to transformation through education.

flexible learning

Flexibility

Balance your studies and personal life with a flexible course load and choice of online or on campus classes.

Accelerated Degrees

By allowing you to continue your studies year-round, with no forced breaks, studying at Yorkville gives you the opportunity to graduate faster. We also provide optimum credit transfers based on your previous learning.

Year-Round Start Dates

Start your program as soon as you are ready with various start dates throughout the year.

resources & support

Student Assistance

Succeed in your studies with the support of program advisors who can help you achieve your academic goals, and the student success team who provide health, wellness and career supports.

Tutoring Support

Yorkville’s Learning Success Centre is available online for quick help and study resources, including 24/7 tutoring.

Writing Lab

APA and writing tutoring services are available to assist students with academic writing.

Enhanced Learning

Small Class Sizes

Get personalized attention in an average class size of 20 students and learn through active participation.

Networking

Build lifelong relationships with students and professors as part of teamwork, discussions and assignments.

Experienced Faculty

Benefit from the knowledge of Yorkville faculty who have years of experience in their respective fields, and can use that expertise to help you achieve your own career goals.

Professional Designations

Launch your career with an interior design degree that is well respected by the industry.

The rigorous program is recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), and is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

In fact, our students have won several times the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Student Award and have been hired by established design houses.

Graduates also meet the necessary educational requirements to take the NCIDQ exam, which is a step towards professional certification in some jurisdictions in North America.

Career Outcomes

Bachelor of Interior Design graduates create functional, inspirational and healthy environments for living, working and playing. Graduates are qualified to write the NCIDQ exam to professionally register as an interior designer, which is required to practice in some jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S.

A variety of rewarding careers include:

  • Hospitality Design (hotels and restaurants)
  • Health Care Design
  • Corporate Design
  • Educational Design
  • Residential Design
  • Furniture Manufacturing and Supply
  • Lighting Design
  • Exhibit Design
  • Facilities Management

Emma Lawrie

HOK

Designer

Josie Abate

Ambience Design Group

Owner & Design Director

Laura Goodsman 

1080 Architecture, Planning + Interiors

Design Intern

Yasaman Saeidi

ARIDO & IDC

Interior Designer Intern

Meet the Program Chair

“The Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville University is one of the most hands-on, industry-respected design programs in Canada.”

Maha, Salman, Ph.D., LEED AP,
Chair of Bachelor of Interior Design Program, Ontario

Faculty

Meet Some of Your Bachelor of Interior Design Faculty

Simon Di Vincenzo, M.Arch, OAA, PMP, MRAIC, LEED AP

Sancho Bustamante, B.Arch.Sc.

Dan Bohlen, M.Arch.

Sheri Crawford, MA.ID., ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ, BCIN

Brandy Von Kaenel, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C AP, NCIDQ

Afsaneh Vollmer, DEA/M.Des.

Maha Salman, Ph.D., LEED AP

Aleksandra Moore, EdD, LEED AP, Allied ASID

Erin Martyn, MFA

Virginia Larrea, RID, ASID, LEED AP, M.Arch

Elena Korbout, MA, MES, ARIDO, IDC

Brentwood Jolley, M.Arch.

Erin Jenner, MA.ID., NCIDQ, ARIDO

Barbara Isherwood, MA

Susan Hall, MA.ID.

Michael Gudio, M.Arch., OAA, LEED AP

Nedi Gavrillu, MFA, M.Th., M.Eng.

Adam Roland, MA.ID, NCIDQ

Amy Bagshaw, MFA, B.Ed.

Penny Fobler-Cressy, MA.ID, NCIDQ, LEED, ARIDO

Course Description

The Yorkville University Bachelor of Interior Design program comprehensively covers a variety of topics including design theory, drafting, digital rendering, products and materials, building systems, and social and environmental factors in design.

In addition, students are required to complete at least 180 hours of internship work and 20 hours of volunteering, as well as a showcase thesis project and portfolio.

A full listing of Bachelor of Interior Design program courses includes:

  • TERM 01

      Code Course Name Credits
      ENGL101 03
      DIDS111 03
      DIDT110 03
      DIDS116 03
      DIDV130 03
  • TERM 02

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDT142 03
      DIDS107 03
      DIDV100 03
      DIDE151 03
      ARTH110 03
  • TERM 03

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS115 03
      DIDT145 03
      DIDE155 03
      ENGL150 3
  • TERM 04

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS203 03
      DIDT235 03
      DIDV230 03
      DIDE261 03
      ARTH120 3
  • TERM 05

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS220 03
      DIDT200 03
      DIDV240 03
      DIDE255 03
      DIDE220 03
  • TERM 06

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS210 03
      DIDV200 03
      DIDE270 03
  • TERM 07

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS310 03
      DIDH312 03
      DIDP300 03
  • TERM 08

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS315 03
      DIDE344 03
      DIDE351 03
      DIDH330 03
  • TERM 09

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS320 03
      DIDT300 03
      DIDH320 03
      DIDE360 03
  • TERM 10

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS410 03
      DIDE400 03
      DIDP400 03
      DIDH420 03
  • TERM 11

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS420 03
      DIDT430 03
      DIDH400 03
      DIDP420 03
  • TERM 12

      Code Course Name Credits
      DIDS430 03
      DIDT432 03
      DIDT431 03
      DIDP430 03

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Interior Design program will be able to:

  • Create designs for a variety of market sectors that effectively interpret the relationship of the human response to the built environment.
  • Apply the principles and psychology of design theory, and colour methodology.
  • Articulate the challenges of the changing world of design, and its connection to culture, history and empathy for an interior environment.
  • Apply a systematic design process to creatively solve challenging design problems.
  • Employ effective and professional communication skills and techniques to interact and negotiate in collaborative environments, including client presentations.
  • Demonstrate entry to practice knowledge of building systems, material selection and interior detailing in relation to interior design and interior construction.
  • Use current industry tools, mechanical, digital and manual methods to express design ideas.
  • Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the process of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, ideation and implementation of design solutions.
  • Apply relevant building codes, laws, regulations, sustainability and universality to human welfare and safety when designing interior spaces.
  • Engage in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to underpin design ideas.
  • Critically reflect and evaluate personal depth of knowledge and practical experience to collaborate effectively with others.
  • Model sound business practices related to project management and professional ethical conduct.
  • Develop a professional portfolio and branding as a design professional.

Admission Requirements

Yorkville University welcomes applicants of all backgrounds to apply to the Bachelor of Interior Design online program, which is administered by our Toronto Campus. Please note that admission requirements and tuition and fees are the same for domestic and international students.

  • Toronto Campus, Ontario

      High School

      Students entering the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program from high school are required to have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with at least a 65 percent average in six courses including:

      • English, Grade 12
      • One Math, Grade 11 or Grade 12 at the U/M level or equivalent
      • Four or five other Grade 12 subjects at the U/M level or equivalent; with a minimum of six Grade 12 courses

      Students entering from high school are also required to provide:rn

      • Official high school transcript*
      • Resume and Statement of Interest
      • Completed online application
      • Application fee of $75

      College and University

      Students entering from another university or college will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Graduates of a college or university program will be considered for transfer credits upon request. Students are required to provide:

      • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended*
      • Resume and Statement of Interest
      • Detailed course descriptions for transfer credit consideration
      • Completed online application
      • Application fee of $75

      Have any questions? Please contact an Admissions Advisor.

      Mature Student

      A mature student is an applicant who has not achieved an OSSD or its equivalent, and who is at least 19 years old on or before the commencement of the program.

      Yorkville University’s admissions policy for mature students creates a pathway to enrollment for those who can demonstrate academic competence equivalent to those of Ontario high school graduates.

      Mature students will be evaluated on the successful completion of courses at the post-secondary level or through proficiency assessments, and are required to provide:

      • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended*
      • Detailed course descriptions for transfer credit consideration
      • Resume
      • Completed online application
      • Application fee of $75

      *All official transcripts need to be sealed and stamped, and sent directly from the issuing institution to our Admissions Services Department for evaluation.

      English Language Requirements

      English is the primary language of instruction at Yorkville University.

      Applicants whose native language is not English must prove proficiency in the following ways:

      • Completion of secondary education where English was the primary language of instruction.
      • Completion of at least 12 credit hours of previous post-secondary education where English was the language of instruction.
      • Completion with the equivalent of “B” standing of a post-secondary level English for Academic Purposes program accredited by Languages Canada.
      • Confirmation of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 (Internet-based version).
      • Confirmation of an International English Language Test System (IELTS) band score of at least 6.0.
      • Confirmation of a Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) score of 60 or higher.
      • Confirmation of a Canadian Language Benchmarks score of at least 6.
      • Confirmation of a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) score of Level C1 or higher.
      • Confirmation of a score equivalent to these scores on another test of English language proficiency recognized by and acceptable to the University.
      • Confirmation of a Duolingo minimum score of 95.

      Note: Yorkville University reserves the right to require proof of language proficiency before permission is granted to register in academic courses.

      If you do not meet the above English language requirements, several options below offer possible routes to admission eligibility:

      Yorkville ESL Pathway Program

      The ESL Pathway Program enables students who have less than the minimum required IELTS scores to be accepted to Yorkville University programs in Ontario.

      The ESL Pathway offers three levels of study focused on improving English language skills in reading, writing and oral comprehension. Each level is 12 weeks in duration and involves 25 hours of instruction per week. All students will have access to ongoing language and international student services during their studies. In Toronto, the ESL Pathway program is only available at the Yonge Street campus.

      Oxford Placement Test

      Students applying to programs in Ontario without an IELTS score will be asked to complete the Oxford Placement Test to determine their placement in one of the following language proficiency streams:

      • Beginner Pathway
      • Level 1 of the ESL Pathway Program
      • Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program
      • Directly enter their degree/diploma program or with a concurrent English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course

      The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course is available at select campuses concurrently as part of Yorkville University’s programs and counts towards the completion of the degree. There is no additional cost to the program when students take the EAP course.

      Conditional Admission

      Applicants with English language proficiency scores that fall below the standards required for admission, may be considered for conditional admission in the following circumstances:

      IELTS score (or equivalent)

      6.5 and above

      • Students will enroll in the regular academic program

      5.5 to less than 6.5

      • Students will enroll in the regular academic program and in an EAP course in Term 1.

      5.0 to less than 5.5

      • Students will have to successfully complete Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.

      4.0 to less than 5.0

      • Students will have to successfully complete the Beginner Pathway, Level 1 and Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.
      • All students completing Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program are eligible to start their academic program and will enroll in an EAP course in Term 1.

      Any questions? Please contact an Admissions Advisor.

Tuition & Fees

The total cost for the Bachelor of Interior Design online degree program for Canadians, Permanent Residents and International students, at the current tuition rate, is $69,300.*

The Bachelor of Interior Design program runs throughout the year, which is divided into four academic terms: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. An academic year comprises three academic terms. Students must complete 180 credit hours of coursework to graduate from the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program. A typical course is three credit hours.

Total program tuition may vary based on actual credit transfers and course equivalencies. Below are sample calculations depending on the number of courses taken per term.

COURSES PER TERM CREDITS CREDIT HOUR FEES
3 9 $385 9 x 385 = $3,465
4 12 $385 12 x 385 = $4,620

*As of 2019-2020. Tuition and fees subject to change.

Tuition Payment

Arrangements for payment of tuition must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of each term (please see the Academic Schedule for deadlines). Monthly payment arrangements can also be made. Please contact our Bursar’s Office for more details at 1-888-886-1882.

Students applying to Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Interior Design program have several options for financing their education. Full-time students enrolled in the BID program are eligible to apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or their home province student loan program.

Please contact our Bursar’s Office for more details at 1-888-886-1882.

Other Fees

Please note that costs do not include other fees such as textbooks, expendable supplies, equipment and resource fees. All fees and charges are quoted in Canadian dollars (CAD). Yorkville University also accepts equivalent payment in other currencies. For further information about tuition, fees and payment methods, please contact Yorkville University’s Bursar’s Office. Tuition rates are confirmed three months prior to the start of each term. Changes to tuition rates will be announced at least three months prior to the start of the term to which they apply. Current tuition rates are available on the Yorkville University website or from the Bursar’s Office at 1-888-886-1882.

Financial Aid Types

Scholarships & Bursaries

Yorkville University provides a limited number of scholarships and bursaries to qualified students.

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Financial Aid

Yorkville University is committed to helping students find affordable solutions to finance their education investment.

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Articulation Partners

Previous students of select colleges have the opportunity to transfer credits towards Yorkville University’s programs and graduate faster.

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Canadian Forces

Special tuition bursaries and military training credit transfer options are offered to current and former Canadian Forces members and their families.

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Facts & Figures

Bachelor of Interior Design – Student Achievement Data (April 2019)

Retention Rate
65 percent of the Bachelor of Interior Design students actively enrolled in 2018 returned for the 2019 year.

Attrition Rate
The attrition rate is for 2018 was 35 percent.

Graduation Rate
The Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville University starts new students four times a year. Many of these students bring credit transfers from other institutions. Of the students who started the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program in 2015, 37 percent have either graduated from, or are still actively enrolled in, the program.

Employment Rate
From the 2018 graduating class, 90 percent of graduates participated in the collection of data. Of the respondents, 100 percent were employed in 2019, one year after graduation.

Placement Rate in Graduate Programs
From the 2018 graduating class, 100 percent of the applicants to graduate schools were accepted.

FAQ

  • 1. Why should I choose the Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville University?

      The Bachelor of Interior Design program is an industry-accredited program that offers flexibility in studying while you meet the demands of your busy life.

      Students can choose a mix of on-campus and online courses, and have the option of taking courses year-round. With an emphasis on practical experience, the rigorous program also requires the completion of 200 hours of internship and volunteering work in the design industry, as well as a showcase thesis project and portfolio.

      If you are looking to become a professional interior designer, it is one of the most hands-on, industry-driven design programs in Canada.

  • 2. What are the industry accreditations, recognitions and designations associated with the program?

      The Bachelor of Interior Design program is professionally accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and recognized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). Graduates of the program are also eligible to take the U.S. National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination, which is a key certification step in professionally regulated jurisdictions in Canada and the United States.

  • 3. Is it possible to substitute on-campus courses with online courses?

      Yes. For students looking for more flexibility in their weekly schedule, many on-campus courses can be substituted with online courses. This can allow you to more easily meet work, home and study demands. However, for international students who would like to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) in Canada, more than 50 percent of total courses must continuously be taken on campus with full-time student status. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

  • 4. Can I work part time and still complete my on-campus degree?

      Most on-campus students work part time—our degree programs offer the flexibility they need to study at home, at work or while travelling. Some on-campus courses may also be substituted with online courses for additional flexibility in class schedule.

      For many of our online degree programs, our students are older and are experienced professionals with work and family responsibilities.

  • 5. How is it possible to complete the program in three years or less?

      Students can use an approved term break to study year-round instead of having an academic term off and complete the program in three years. Yorkville University operates year-round and has four academic terms and intake periods starting in January, April, July and October.

      If you have previous post-secondary education or have served in the military, you can also apply to transfer credits from past courses towards completion of the program, which can further shorten your study time. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

  • 6. Is the Bachelor of Interior Design degree equivalent to a four-year degree?

      Yes. Even if you study for only three years and graduate, the degree conferred is equivalent to a four-year degree. Some students use their Bachelor of Interior Design degree to apply for further graduate studies.

  • 7. How much does the Bachelor of Interior Design program cost for on-campus students?

      The BID program fees for on-campus students depend on whether you are a domestic or international student and whether you take any courses online as part of the program. Please see here for current tuition rates. Yorkville University is committed to helping you evaluate different financial aid options and payment schedules.

      For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 8. What is the application process for the Bachelor of Interior Design program?

      The application process depends on whether you are a domestic or international student. For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 9. Do I need a study permit to attend Yorkville University?

      If you are an international student, a study permit must be obtained before classes start. The study permit can be applied for online, at a Canadian consular office abroad, or in Canada.

      For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 10. What are the student demographics of the classes?

      Most on-campus students in the Bachelor of Interior Design program are domestic students aged 18 to 25 years old with an additional significant cohort of students aged 26 to 34 years old. A small average class size of 20 students fosters participation and teamwork. Yorkville University encourages applications from all countries.

  • 11. What is the Toronto campus like?

      The Bachelor of Interior Design on-campus program is based at our Steeles location in north Toronto and is a short bus ride from the subway.

      For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 12. Is Yorkville approved to offer the Bachelor of Interior Design degree?

      Yorkville University has been approved to offer the Bachelor of Interior Design program by the Government of Ontario.

  • 13. What IELTS or TOEFL score do I need to be accepted?

      For more information on the minimum English language requirements, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 14. What if I don’t have the minimum English language requirements?

      Yorkville University offers several options for applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements for admission eligibility.

      For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 15. Does Yorkville University have on-campus housing accommodation?

      Unfortunately, we do not offer housing accommodation on campus. However, several resources are available for students to search for off-campus options.

      For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 16. How much money will I need for accommodation, meals and living expenses?

      Please note that below are approximate estimates in Canadian dollars. Each student will need to evaluate their own unique costs and budget accordingly.

      Estimated Monthly Living Expenses:

      • Housing $500-$1,200
      • Food $200-$400
      • Transportation $130-$200
      • Entertainment $100-$200
      • Cell Phone $70-$100

      Total Monthly Budget $1,000-$2,100

  • 17. Does Yorkville University offer any scholarships?

      Several scholarships are offered by Yorkville University, but only domestic students are eligible to apply.

      Yorkville University is committed to helping you evaluate different financial aid options and payment schedules.

      For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 18. Can I apply for provincial student loans?

      Only domestic students can apply to provincial student loan programs such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or StudentAid BC. Yorkville University is committed to helping you evaluate different financial aid options and payment schedules.

      For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

  • 19. What if I have more questions?

      If you can’t find your questions addressed on this web page, please contact an Admissions Advisor.

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